AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for February 15 to 21, 2014

Stormy Into the Middle of Next Week, and then Cooler and Drier

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357
Gerrit Hoogenboom, Director, 509-786-9371

Active weather in the form of periodic heavy rain, high winds, and significant mountain snow will continue in Washington through the middle of next week, before somewhat quieter and cooler conditions arrive late in the period. Rain is expected in western areas this weekend, along with periodic rain east of the Cascades, as several more storms roll through the state. The biggest concerns will be the potential for high winds, landslides, and flooding. Although wet and blustery weather is expected to continue next week, conditions will gradually calm down as the week progresses. Luckily, the Cascade high country will receive some much needed snowfall during this period. Alas, a return to the dry ridge of high pressure pattern that has plagued Washington for most of the winter is expected by next weekend and into week two.

Temperatures
  • Slightly above average, especially in the eastern lowlands and at night.
  • Cooling to below average by mid to late next week.

Precipitation
  • Rain, periodically heavy, in western areas through the middle of next week.
  • Periods of rain in central/eastern areas through the middle of next week.
  • Periods of heavy snow or rain in the mountains.
  • Somewhat drier later next week.

Wind
  • Breezy to windy at times through the period.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This weekend: Low in the west, and low to moderate in the east.
  • Next week: Low to moderate early, and becoming moderate to high later in the week.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - February 22 to 28
  • Overall, above average temperatures and below average precipitation are expected during the 8 to 14 day time frame.

Important Points about Next Week's Weather

South Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the upper 40s to around 50 and lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Weekend
  • Rain at times and windy.
  • Highs in the 40s to low 50s on Saturday, and upper 40s to mid 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s on Saturday morning, and 30s to low 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain at times early, and then a slight chance of rain or snow later in the week.
  • Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s early, and 40s later in the week.
  • Lows in the 30s early, and mid 20s to mid 30s later in the week.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low to mid 40s and lows in the mid to upper 20s.
Weekend
  • Rain at times and breezy.
  • Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s on Saturday, and upper 30s to 40s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Rain likely at times early, and then a chance of snow or rain later in the week.
  • Highs in the 40s early, and mid 30s to mid 40s later in the week.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s early, and 20s to mid 30s later in the week.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the 40s and lows in the upper 20s to around 30.
Weekend
  • Rain at times and windy.
  • Highs in the 40s on Saturday, and upper 30s to 40s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s on Saturday morning, and 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Rain likely at times early, and then a chance of rain or snow later in the week.
  • Highs in the 40s early, and mid 30s to mid 40s later in the week.
  • Lows in the 30s early, and 20s to mid 30s later in the week.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 30s.
Weekend
  • Rain, heavy at times, and windy.
  • Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s on Saturday, and mid 40s to mid 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
Next Week
  • Rain, heavy at times, especially early in the week.
  • Rain or snow in the mountains.
  • Highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s early, and 40s later in the week.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s early, and 30s later in the week.

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